The court system is a vital part of ensuring women’s access to safe and legal abortion. NAF’s public policy programs include supporting litigation in the courts, submitting amicus briefs in cases affecting NAF members and the women they serve, and advocating for a fair and independent judiciary to make the decisions that will affect American women for generations to come.

Recent Cases

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Planned Parenthood of the Heartland v. Branstad

Abortion providers in Iowa have challenged a mandatory delay law that would require a seventy-two hour waiting period and two-visit requirement for abortion care. The law is currently blocked pending litigation.

We filed an amicus brief in this case highlighting the experiences of providers and patients who would be affected by the law if it were to take effect.

Gainesville Woman Care v. Florida

On February 16, 2017, the Florida Supreme Court issued a decision on the legal challenge to the mandatory delay law enacted in 2015, which would impose an additional twenty-four hour waiting period on women seeking abortion care. The Court issued an injunction blocking the law from taking effect while the legal challenge proceeds, which could take several years.

We filed an amicus brief in this case highlighting the experiences of Florida patients affected by the waiting period requirement while it was in effect during 2016.

Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt

On June 27, 2016, the Supreme Court struck down HB2, a Texas TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) law that imposed medically-unnecessary requirements on abortion providers and facilities, including an admitting privileges requirement and an ASC standards requirement.

We filed an amicus brief in this case highlighting the perspective of providers and patients affected by the law and demonstrating the overall impact of the HB2 restrictions on abortion access in Texas.

McCullen v Coakley

On June 26, 2014, the Supreme Court struck down a Massachusetts buffer zone that created a safe space around reproductive health care facilities in the state.

We filed an amicus brief in this case with support from 31 other organizations.

Learn more about buffer zone laws.

Hobby Lobby

On July 30, 2014, the Supreme Court ruled that some for-profit private corporations can deny birth control coverage to their employees.

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